Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 20, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

ST. BENEDICT – Two men made simple profession of vows, and three men made solemn profession of vows as Benedictine monks of Mount Angel Abbey last month.

Brothers Timothy Mayer and James “Bosco” Thurman professed their simple vows as monks in the monastic community. They took the names Jude and Ephrem, respectively, as a symbol of their new life in Christ.

Brother Jude was raised in Woodburn, Ore., not far from Mount Angel, where he was home schooled along with his 7 younger brothers and sisters. As early as the age of 11 he sensed a vocation, and in 1998 he attended a Monastic Discernment Retreat, which confirmed his initial calling. He finished college and entered the Abbey.

Brother Ephrem is a native Oregonian. His mother is an oblate of Mount Angel. Brother Ephrem first sensed his vocation as a sophomore in high school. After service in the Army as a tank operator and a year-long peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, Brother Ephrem enrolled in Mount Angel Seminary, and then affiliated with the abbey.

The three men professing solemn vows all come to the abbey from Western Samoa, in the South Pacific.

Brother Andrew Schwenke was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, to Samoan parents. He has nine siblings, one of whom is also a member of a Religious order, the Salesians.

Brother Pio Fulu lived with his parents and 10 siblings in the large village of Safotu, where he worked as a supervisory operator on the family’s plantation, The Samoa Coconut Products Company, prior to joining the Mount Angel Benedictines.

Brother Peter Chanel Timua, baptized Epati by his parents, also grew up in the Western Samoan village of Safotu. Timua worked on his family’s plantation for several years while assisting his local parish and working with the community’s youth. In 1999 he entered the seminary and became a novice in 2001.

— Mount Angel Abbey

MOUNT ANGEL – The Benedictine Sisters of Queen of Angels Monastery are offering a “Come and See” vocation visit opportunity for single Catholic women age 18-45, the weekend of Nov. 18-20.

The weekend will include community praying of the Liturgy of the Hours, teachings on divine reading and Benedictine life, group sharing, and private reflection.

For information, contact Benedictine Sister Marietta Schindler: write to her at 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel, OR 97362; e-mail:; or call (503) 845-6141.

— Queen of Angels Monastery

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